A Legacy of Love
They stepped off the bus for the first time in Round Rock on a cool December day in the early 1960s. After collecting Christmas gifts they brought, they entered a cottage and experienced great joy in watching the children open their gifts. The squeals of laughter and excitement of the children touched them deeply.
They were comforted that a place like the children's home had been established to care for these children, who for many different reasons were not in the home of their parents. They were happy to do their small part to bring happiness to the kids for many years as they made their annual Christmas journey.
These experiences, along with their love for their Savior, became the foundation of their enduring legacy.
Paul & Claudie Crawford were members of the Forum Bible Class from Second Baptist Church of Houston. They moved to Houston in the early 1960s, and both worked in accounting jobs in the petroleum industry. They both earned a modest income, and like most from their generation, they lived modestly, saved faithfully, invested wisely, and earned a good return.
The Crawfords were never able to have children of their own, so in the late 1990s, as they began making decisions about the legacy that would be established through their estate, it is no surprise that providing for children like those they had loved for so many years at the Children At Heart family of ministries, was at the heart of their plan.
Over their lifetime, they made several modest gifts to support Children At Heart Ministries, and each one enriched the lives of children when it was received. During those years, Paul & Claudie Crawford diligently saved to be assured that they had the funds necessary to meet their care needs at the end of their lives.
Mr. Crawford passed away in 2005. They had been married 58 years! Mrs. Crawford lived another 10 years, and when she passed away in 2015, their multi-million dollar estate was divided among their church and two charities that minister to children.
CAHM received $2.5 million, and established the Paul & Claudie Crawford Endowment Fund, which will provide approximately $125,000 every year in perpetuity to sustain their legacy of love.
A legacy estate gift is the best opportunity that most people have to make a major gift supporting a cause that is dear to their heart. Whether the gift is an entire estate, a specific amount, or a percentage, legacy gifts enrich current ministry or ensure the future through endowment. To learn more about legacy giving options, contact Susan Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 512-246-4235